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UChicago Faculty Physicians

Michelle Gittler, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine Medical Director, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Michelle Gittler, MD, specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R). Dr. Gittler is an expert in the medical management of spinal cord injuries and paralysis, as well as other physical disabilities resulting from trauma or illness. Working with a team of physicians, nurses, therapists, and case managers, she is devoted to addressing not only the physical needs of her patients, but also their quality of life.

In her clinical research studies, Dr. Gittler focuses on identifying and managing medical complications following spinal cord injury, as well as amputation. She has published dozens of articles on the subject in medical journals, including Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine. An active speaker, Dr. Gittler has lectured on spinal cord injury, amputation, and secondary conditions associated with disability at many hospitals and medical meetings in the Chicago area and nationally. In 2012, Chicago Magazine named Dr. Gittler one of Chicago's “Top Doctors" for the fourth time.

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatric Spinal Cord Injury
  • Pressure Ulcers
  • Amputation
  • Spinal Cord Injury

Board Certifications

  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Spine Neurological Surgery - Neurological Surgery

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • Illinois Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Spinal Injury Association
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • National Spinal Cord Injury Association
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists

Practicing Since

  • 1992

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • University of Illinois College of Medicine


  • Weiss Memorial Hospital


  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

News & Research

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  • Medicare
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Choice Plus POS/PPO
  • United Options (PPO)
  • United Select (HMO & EPO) (specialists only)
  • United W500 Emergent Wrap
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  • Humana Medicare Advantage Choice PPO
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Choice PFFS
  • Humana Medicare Advantage Gold Plus HMO
  • United Choice HMO (specialists only)
  • University of Chicago Health Plan (UCHP)

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